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Without exactly telling the time, how can a person determine whether an action has happened, currently happening, or will happen? Let’s find out!
See the fact file below for more information on Past, Present & Future or alternatively, you can download our 32-page Past, Present & Future worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- English speakers determine the chronology of action through verb tenses.
- The tense of a verb tells when the action takes place.
- The word “tense” came from the Latin word, “Tempus”, which means time.
- The three main tenses are the past, present, and future.
- Different things are expressed by just using the tenses of a verb.
- However, some cultures do not use grammatical tenses and have different ways of telling the time of an action.
- Therefore, it may take a long time for a non-native English learner to learn the verb tenses.
- The tenses help create complex sentence structures while keeping clear communication.
Learning the Tenses of Verb
- To have mastery of the tenses of the verb, keep the following reminders in mind:
- Take the time to learn about the tenses.
- Learn each tense thoroughly and move on to the next when you fully understand the idea.
- A way to quickly and easily study the tenses is by exposing yourself to the English language.
- Practice what you’ve learned.
Simple Tenses of Verb
- These are verbs that are currently happening.
- They can also pertain to actions that usually happen, such as routines or habits.
- These verbs can be used to tell stories and discuss facts or widely accepted beliefs.
- It is usually formed by adding -s or -es to the root word of the verbs.
- She brushes her teeth every night.
- We always pray together before going to sleep.
- Mark practices his dance every day.
- Sandy cooks for her friend.
- Mr. Han loves sports.
- For regular verbs, just add -s to the root word.
- dance – dances
- drink – drinks
- For verbs ending in -ch, -x, -th, -ss, -sh, or -z, simple present tense is formed by simply adding -es.
- breach – breaches
- fix – fixes
- badmouth – badmouths
- express – expresses
- crash – crashes
- buzz – buzzes
- For verbs ending -y, change -y to -i and then add -es if the letter before -y is a consonant.
- Cry – Cries
- Spy – Spies
- Fly – Flies
- Simply add -s for verbs ending in -y preceded by a vowel.
- Stay – Stays
- Pray – Prays
- Play – Plays
- The verb “to be” is an example of an irregular verb.
- When making its present tense, you can use am/is/are.
- We are minors.
- She is still in school.
- I am sick.
- To use it for negation, just combine do/does + not + root word of the verb or simply don’t/doesn’t + root word of the verb.
- Lindsay does not want chocolates.
- They do not like naughty kids.
- She doesn’t like commitments.
- We don’t need expensive cars.
- Do/Does can also be used in asking questions in the present tense.
- A subject is usually found in between do/does and the root word of the verb.
- Do you want coffee?
- Does she need help?
- Why do you like strawberries?
- Why does the baby cry?
- Do you want bread or chips?
- Does she want to watch or perform?
- For Pronouns:
- Copy the root word of the verb except for pronouns in the third-person singular.
- Add -s or -es for verbs with third-person singular as subjects.
|First-Person||I enjoy singing.||First-Person||We enjoy singing.|
|Second-Person||You enjoy singing.||Second-Person||You enjoy singing.|
|Third-Person||She enjoys singing.||Third-Person||They enjoy singing.|
- These are actions that already happened in the past.
- Mother combed my hair last night.
- I loved the show yesterday.
- Max created a robot last month.
- She glared at Maui.
- The doctor got sick.
- The past tense of regular verbs can be formed by just adding -d or -ed to the root form of the verb.
- shout – shouted Talk – talked
- dance – danced Stop – stopped
- step – stepped Roll – rolled
- The past tense of irregular verbs can be formed by changing the spelling.
- make – made go – went
- teach – taught sleep – slept
- fall – fell find – found
- In some cases, the past tense of the verb is also the same as the root word of the verb.
- cut – cut put – put
- read – read hit – hit
- bet – bet burst – burst
- To negate a simple past tense, use did + not + root word of the verb or simply didn’t + root word of the verb.
- She did not bring her wallet.
- Sam didn’t tell her to come.
- To ask questions, use did + subject + root word of the verb.
- Did you bring the alcohol?
- Did the artist win the award?
- For the verb “to be”, was/were is used to create its simple past tense.
- Its negation does not require the word “did” but can be formed by adding “not” to was/were.
- Teddy was at the studio.
- They were at the hall this morning.
- Amy was not in the meeting.
- Claire and Marie were not in the band practice.
- To ask questions, using the verb “to be” in past tense, just use was/were + subject.
- Was she supposed to go to the salon?
- Were you in a bad condition lately?
- These are verbs yet to happen or will happen in the future.
- Whether the subject is plural or singular, the future tense of the verb remains the same.
- It is usually formed by adding will + root word of the verb.
- She will train for the competition tomorrow.
- Sasha will skate later.
- I will spend my vacation in the beach.
- Henry will feed his pets tonight.
- We will volunteer at the orphanage next week.
- It can also be formed by adding am/is/are with the word “going to” plus the root word of the verb.
- I am going to the party.
- She is going to study later.
- They are going to the cafe.
- Cindy is going to host the event.
- My best friend is going to visit me next month.
- A simple future negative is formed by:
- will + not + root word of the verb
- am/is/are + not + going to + root word of the verb.
- I will not clean the house tomorrow
- She will not meet with Cedie next Monday.
- The company is not going to release a statement later.
- Mandy and Ryan are not going to see the movie tomorrow.
- The following are used when asking questions using the simple future tense:
- will + subject + root word of the verb
- am/is/are + subject + going to + root word of the verb.
- Will the cast go on a vacation after the shoot?
- Is she going to run in the election?
Past, Present & Future Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle that includes everything you need to know about the Past, Present & Future across 32 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Past, Present & Futureis which are words that tell us when an action took place.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Past, Present, Future Facts
- Tenses of Verbs
- Mission Complete
- The Right Action
- Past Tense
- Regular or Irregular?
- Present Tense
- Future Tense
- Fill Me In
- The Right Action
- Choosing The Correct Sentence
Frequently Asked Questions
What are verb tenses?
Verb tenses indicate when an action is done. In English, there are a total of three simple verb tenses: past, present, and future.
What are past tense verbs?
Past tense verbs are verbs that indicate that an action is already done or completed. There are various ways to form the past tense of verbs. To form the simple past tense of regular verbs, one must add -d or -ed. On the other hand, irregular verbs require a change in spelling to communicate this tense. However, there are also verbs whose spelling remains the same in the past tense.
What are present tense verbs?
Present tense verbs are verbs that indicate that an action is currently being done. For most verbs with a singular subject, adding the suffix -s denotes the simple present tense. Meanwhile, other verbs take -es depending on the spelling.
What are future tense verbs?
Future tense verbs are verbs that indicate that an action will be done in the future. The future tense of verbs may be formed through the addition of the words “will” or “going to” before the root word of the verb.
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